Hillary Clinton Says She's 'Always Tried' to Tell the Truth to Americans

Clinton was asked whether she has ever lied to American voters.

ByABC News
February 18, 2016, 10:07 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Hillary Clinton on Thursday said she has "always tried" to tell the truth and that she doesn't "believe" she has ever lied to American voters.

"Have you always told the truth?" CBS News' Scott Pelley asked Clinton during an interview with the network after discussing the Democratic presidential candidate's pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class.

"I've always tried to. Always, always," Clinton replied.

"Some people are going to call that wiggle room that you just gave yourself,” Pelley told her.

After a bit of a back-and-forth between the two, Pelley mentioned a famous line from former President Jimmy Carter: "I will never lie to you."

"Well, you know, you're asking me to say, 'Have I ever?'" Clinton said, "I don't believe I ever have. I don't believe I ever have. I don't believe I ever will."

"I'm going to do the best I can to level with the American people," she added.

The Republican National Committee immediately pounced on the moment.

“The fact Hillary Clinton felt the need to waffle on a question about whether she is a liar is precisely why two-thirds of the American people think she’s dishonest and untrustworthy," RNC spokesman Michael Short said in a statement.

The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment or clarification.